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Lublin 2014

The Fifth Biennial European Early American Studies (EEASA) Conference was held in Lublin, Poland, 11-13 December 2014. The host of the 2014 Conference was the Department of English at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University (UMCS) in Lublin, Poland. UMCS, established in 1944, is the biggest university in eastern Poland with 25,000 students.


Host Irmina Wawrzyczek opening the conference


The Meeting of the EEASA board in a Lublin restaurant


Claire Bourhis-Mariotti delivering her paper


Lublin's old town


The oldest part of Lublin Castle


The 15thC paintings in the castle Chapel.

Conference Programme

Thursday 11 December 2014
10am-1pm Tour of Lublin
1.30pm-2pm Conference Registration
2pm-2.15pm Welcome and Introduction,
Susanne Lachenicht (Bayreuth, EEASA chair), Irmina Wawrzyczek (Lublin) 2.15pm-3.15pm
First Keynote Lecture: Alison Games (Georgetown): The English and the Dutch in Suriname: Entangled Atlantics in the Seventeenth Century
Introduced by: Irmina Wawrzyczek
Workshop 1: Protest and Persuasion during the American Revolution and the Early Republic Chair: Susanne Lachenicht (Bayreuth University)
Andrew O’Shaughnessy (Monticello): Paine’s War: Rhetoric and Persuasion in the American
Gaye Wilson (Monticello): Image as Persuasion: A Study of John Trumbull’s Painting ‘The
Declaration of Independence’
Maurizio Valsania (Torino): Performing Natural Wonders: Thomas Jefferson's Irresistible
Vanessa Mongey (Pittsburgh): Performing Citizenship when Abroad: Affiliations in the Early
5.30pm-6.00pm coffee break
Panel 1: “It Will Oblige Your Constant Readers”: Newspapers, Agency, and the Language of Atlantic Commerce
Chair: Allan Potofsky (Paris-Diderot)
Simon Middleton (Sheffield): Runaways, Rewards, and the Social History of Money
Emily Buchnea (Nottingham): Beyond Price Currents: Reflections of American Business in British
Commercial Press, 1783-1820
Angel-Luke O’Donnell (Liverpool): Raising and Increasing the Jealousy of Great Britain: Protest,
Confidence, and Domestic Manufacturing in Philadelphia, 1765 to 1774
Emma Hart (St Andrews): The Political Economy in Print: Economic Discussions in the
Revolutionary British Atlantic
Meeting of EEASA Board

Friday 12 December 2014
Second Keynote Lecture:
Simon Newman (Glasgow): Runaways: Redefining Slavery in the British Atlantic World Introduced by: Susanne Lachenicht
Workshop 2: Protest and Slavery I
Chair: Tim Lockley (Warwick)
Marie-Jeanne Rossignol (Paris Diderot): The Evolution of a Sub-Genre in Antislavery Literature:
The Colonization Plan as Exemplified in St George Tucker’s 1796 Antislavery Protest
Christa Dierksheide (Charlottesville): Proof of Amelioration? Antislavery and Proslavery
Persuasion, 1780-1840
Urszula Niewiadomska-Flis (Lublin): Culinary Contact Zones in Antebellum Literature:
Performing Racial Relations in Slave Narratives
11.30am-11.45am coffee break
Workshop 3: Protest and Slavery II
Chair: Jean-Pierre Le Glaunec (Université de Sherbrooke)
Sarah Lentz (Bremen): German Abolitionists and their Involvement in the Atlantic Antislavery
Movement around 1800
Tim Lockley (Warwick): ‘We cannot go to bed in safety’: Responses to a Slave Plot in South
Carolina in 1816
Claire Bourhis-Mariotti (University Paris 8) : Haiti as Lieu de Mémoire of Black Nationalist Protest
and Persuasion in the Antebellum Period: African-American Emigration to Haiti,1855-1862
1.15pm-2.15pm Lunch
2.15pm-4.15pm 2.15pm-4.15pm
Workshop 4: Protest in Literature, Theatre and the Arts
Chair: Zbigniew Mazur (Lublin)
Agnieszka Anna Ficek (New York): Double Visions of a Double Marriage: the Language of Propaganda and Protest in Matrimonio de don Martín García de Loyola con Ñusta Beatriz Clara Coya
Csaba Levai (Debrecen): Writing, Print, Speech and Performance in the Proper and the Wider Atlantic World: The Comparison of Sándor Farkas Bölöni’s “Journey in North America” and Alexis de Tocqueville’s “Democracy in America”
William Coleman (London): Music, Partisanship and Cultural Politics in the Early Republic
4.15pm-4.45pm coffee break
Panel 2: The United Nations of the United States, or: The Origins and Progress of the American International Revolution, 1763-1820
Chair:Claire Bourhis-Mariotti (University Paris 8)
Edward Gray (Florida): The Line: The Pennsylvania-Maryland Border in the Age of Mason and Dixon
Hannah Farber (Berkeley): National Goods: Establishing the American Identity of Commercial Property
Mark Peterson (Berkeley): Rethinking Federalism in the Early Republic: Boston’s Congressmen and the Pursuit of Federative Politics
Workshop 5: Communication Strategies in the Early American Printed Matter
Chair: Marie-Jeanne Rossignol (Paris Diderot)
Oliver Scheiding (Mainz): Material Forms of Communication in the Early Republican Protestant
Charlotte Lerg (Munich): Imagery of Protest: Performative Protest Culture in Political Cartoons of
the British Atlantic 1760-1790
Anja-Maria Bassimir (Mainz/Münster) : Communicating Community through Images: The Use of
Illustrations in 19th Century Methodist Periodicals
7pm-9.30pm Conference Reception

Saturday 13 December 2014
9-9.30am Meeting of EEASA Board
Workshop 6: Protest and Persuasion in the Mid-Eighteenth Century
Chair: Lauric Henneton (Versailles-Saint Quentin)
Marie Basile McDaniel (Southern Connecticut): Protest and Persuasion in Eighteenth-Century
Daniel Robinson (Cambridge): European Geo-Politics and the Role of the Pulpit in American
Political Culture, c. 1739-1763
Thomas J. Humphrey (Cleveland): The Roots of Popular Protest: Dissent in a Trans-Atlantic
11am-11.15am coffee break
Workshop 7: Protest and Persuasion in Colonial New England
Chair: Evan Haefeli (Columbia University)
Lauric Henneton (Versailles-Saint-Quentin): ‘The most shameless and lying libel’: The East
Indian Echoes of a North American Anglo-Dutch Dispute (1653)
Ann-Stephane Schaefer (Mainz): Reinventing the Tradition Principle: New England Puritans’
Rhetorical Strategies to Claim the Church Fathers for and against the Half-Way Covenant
Elena Volkova (Moscow): Ideological Controversies and Political Struggle in Colonial
Massachusetts in the First Quarter of the 18th Century
Closing of the Conference
Tour of Lublin

Original Call for Papers

Protest and Persuasion: Writing, Print, Speech, and Performance in Early America and the Atlantic World

Persuasive communication has been at the heart of much of Western social and political development. It played a crucial role in the early promotion of colonization, the struggle for independence, the campaigns for the recognition of independence by European powers, the making of the constitutions, the laying foundations of the new states, justifying or repudiating slavery, and building and manipulating alliances with Native Americans. Several decades of scholarship have elucidated the dynamics of authorship, publishing and reading in the Americas and the Atlantic world as forms of public-relation practice in the pre-mass media world. Meanwhile, numerous studies of public opinion have built upon and responded to Jürgen Habermas’ thesis about the transformation of the public sphere in the eighteenth century. These two strands of scholarship have often intersected, and in both areas scholars have insisted on the need to move beyond the reified notions of “print culture” and the “public sphere” to consider the interaction of oral, scribal, printed and behavioral forms of socially and politically motivated communication.